Syrian refugee Audrey Assad at OneThing 2016.
In 1992, Bob Sorge, pastor and renowned worship leader at the time, loses his voice after an operation to remove an ulcer from his throat… When “why me? why now” doesn’t cut it…
YouTube soaking playlist. A collection of restful, reflective pieces that draws me closer into God’s presence. Includes some Vineyard, Jesus Culture, Rivera, Delirious, etc and some spoken word accompanied by soothing instrumentals. The songs are different from what you hear in the Soaking.Net playlist. This YouTube playlist was compiled and put together by Katherine Walden of I Lift My Eyes Ministries.
There is enough noise around us in our cities and our media, as well as visual stimuli and chaotic soundscapes that invade our homes and workplaces. And anywhere we go there is a radio station playing music and there’s no way to shut it off… too many voices speaking out to us, uninvited, arrogant and boastful, mechanically enticing us with words and images. They vie for our attention, our devotion, our time and resources.
Because Arts call forth that which is most alive in us, the natural and the spiritual, connecting us to the essence of who we are, and because it bypasses any barrier and touches the very skin of our souls, arts are used by the powers of this world to try and inlfuence, even shape the masses in a way that is predictable and yeld a world that will function in the way they want it to. If they could. And so artists are the ones hired to create the marketing tools of what we now culturally refer to as “the Matrix.” While our culture is a testimony to the mind-boggling talents we are blessed with, it is also a landscape wherein the heart and soul of most of the work we are exposed to is designed to illicite a response from our heart that will make us reach for out wallet and assent.
I would argue that this is basically violating an unspoken oath that artists should be aware of, if they would but turn their heads away form the voices that keep enticing them to serve a system that is heartless, cold and calculating. The sheer power and the edge inherent to art and artistic ability calls the artist to a level of accountability: “Not only do we have gifts, we are also a gift to our people.” There should be integrity…
MUSIC FOR HEALING & DEVOTIONS
“I believe in the prophetic nature of artistic expression.” André Lefebvre
18Do not get drunk on wine, which leads to debauchery. Instead, be filled with the Spirit. 19Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, 20always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ. (Ephesians 5:18-19)
15Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful. 16Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly as you teach and admonish one another with all wisdom, and as you sing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs with gratitude in your hearts to God. (Colossians 3:15-16)
Music is a powerful spiritual language. From Israel’s temple worship, to victory spontaneous songs or David’s Psalms and laments, all the way to today’s worship and prayer movement, tarrying or soaking in God’s presence, it is a vital part of our interaction with the spiritual realm and expression to and from God.
Each one of the instrumental albums above is designed to be seamlessly experienced, quieting or stirring the soul, an invitation into the present moment where the limitations of time and space aren’t as relevant anymore.
Music can also be an efficient tool for healing and deliverance. Devotional music touches people battling depression and suicide, as well as faith communities using the music to debrief from the daily grind and connect to the disciplines of spiritual prayer and life.
May this music be a companion for the journey, and transport you to renewed hope and vision, “hurl you from stress” into a womb of rest where healing lives.
“Touched by Love, the shattered soul finds a home …”
Since 2005, Andre has also been freelancing from home as a graphic artist, creating websites and graphics for various musicians, writers, businesses, etc. – click here for portfolio – CREATIVE FORGE.